A Florida circuit court judge faces a 30-day suspension without pay after he used racial slurs to describe black defendants and family members in his courtroom, according to a recommendation from the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday.
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Florida Judge Up For Suspension Over Racial Slurs

A Florida circuit court judge faces a 30-day suspension without pay after he used racial slurs to describe black defendants and family members in his courtroom, according to a recommendation from the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday. Read more »

Fla. High Court Suspends Miami Atty Over Account Transfers

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday suspended high-profile Miami plaintiffs attorney Jeremy Alters while the justices consider the Florida Bar’s request to disbar him over more than $2 million in improper transfers from trust accounts. Read more »

Ex-Notre Dame Coach Settles Daily Beast Suit Over RNC Talk

Longtime Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz settled his defamation lawsuit against The Daily Beast Co. in Florida federal court on Monday after the online publication agreed to apologize for a 2016 article that suggested he disparaged immigrants at a talk during the Republican National Convention. Read more »

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ITC To Probe NEC Infringement Claims Over Telecom Tech

The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into the importation of underwater telecommunications equipment by Texas-based Xtera Inc. and Florida-based MC Assembly LLC after Japanese consumer electronics firm NEC Corp. alleged the companies infringed its patent. Read more »

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Dutch Bong Maker Claims Fla. Co. Ripped Its Trademark

It was not what was being smoked in bongs sold by a South Florida company that landed it in federal court, but the water pipes themselves, which a European manufacturer and its United States licensee say wrongly bore their trademarks, according to a federal suit filed Friday. Read more »

Atty Rips Timeshare Co.'s 'Attacks' In Contract Exit Suit

A lawyer for a former marketing executive blasted Westgate Resorts Ltd.'s renewed bid for sanctions against the two of them in its suit alleging the marketing firm illegally interferes in the timeshare development company’s contracts with owners, urging a Florida federal court Monday to stop any more “attacks” on counsel. Read more »

9th Circ. Revives Office Depot's Coverage Battle With AIG

The Ninth Circuit on Monday revived Office Depot Inc.'s bid to force an AIG unit to cover its costs in a suit alleging it violated the California False Claims Act by overbilling public agencies, rejecting a lower court's conclusion that claims brought under the CFCA are innately subject to a state law barring insurance for deliberate wrongful conduct. Read more »

Hartford Beats Appeal In $6.5M False-Ad Deal Coverage Fight

A California appeals court on Monday refused to revive Vogue International LLC’s suit asking Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. to cover a $6.5 million settlement of a proposed class action accusing the hair care company of falsely marketing its Organix products as organic, saying it is bound by a Florida court’s prior ruling in Hartford’s favor. Read more »

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Bankrupt Miami Hospital Gets OK For Ch. 11 Auction Plans

A shuttered Miami hospital in Chapter 11 stayed on track to be sold in auction in late June when a Florida bankruptcy judge gave her blessing to the sale process Monday after approving a settlement the parties reached to resolve objections from the unsecured creditors committee. Read more »

Woodbridge Noteholders Want To File Own Ch. 11 Plan

Investors in the Woodbridge Ponzi scheme have asked the Delaware bankruptcy court overseeing Woodbridge's liquidation to let them propose their own Chapter 11 plan, which they say will address head-on “the $800 million question” of whether they are secured. Read more »

DEALS

Roper Technologies Pays $1.1B For PE-Backed PowerPlan

Roper Technologies Inc. has agreed to buy private equity-backed PowerPlan Inc., which provides accounting, tax and capital budgeting services to industries including oil and gas, telecom, and transportation, in an all-cash deal worth $1.1 billion, the companies said Monday. Read more »

NextEra Pays $6.5B For Southern Co. Florida Utilities

Utility giant Southern Co. said Monday that it's exiting the Florida utility business, agreeing to sell a pair of Sunshine State utilities and stakes in two gas-fired power plants to NextEra Energy Inc. in a set of deals worth a combined $6.48 billion. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

Why Smaller Firms Are More Keen To Enter The Cloud

Law offices adopted cloud-based solutions in greater numbers last year, but for the most part, smaller firms are leading the charge, with BigLaw's relative slowness attributable to a reluctance to abandon large IT infrastructures already in place and lingering concerns about security and cost. Read more »

Law Firms Are Doing Just Fine, And That's The Problem

Ten years after the Great Recession sent the legal industry reeling, the majority of law firms have stabilized, but by focusing more on survival than on innovation, firms have left themselves open to newer, less obvious threats to this tentative status quo, a new report says. Read more »

After Kozinski, 9th Circ. Sets New Workplace Policies

Months after the resignation of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski following allegations of sexual harassment, the appellate circuit on which he sat rolled out a series of policy changes aimed at preventing workplace harassment for court employees, according to a statement Monday. Read more »

Feature

Atty Hopefuls With Criminal Records Face Hazy Paths Forward

Tarra Simmons had the sort of resume that might seem like she could sail through the bar application process, but her application was nearly denied because she also has a criminal record. Different states have a range of views on admitting attorneys with criminal records, and thanks to a lack of data and lack of transparency, such applicants can face an uncertain path forward. It’s an issue that’s getting increasing attention and leading some to seek reforms. Read more »

Ogletree Sex Harassment Row Likely Headed To Arbitration

A California judge on Monday tentatively ruled a Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner must arbitrate his suit alleging he was sexually harassed by a shareholder at his former firm, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, saying Ogletree’s arbitration agreement holds up even if the suing attorney never signed it. Read more »

Calif. Bar Exam Pass Rate Still Falling, Hits Record Low

Only 27.3 percent of attorney hopefuls who took the California bar exam earlier this year passed, a record low, according to data released Friday by the State Bar of California. Read more »

Interview

15 Minutes With PepsiCo’s General Counsel

Dave Yawman didn’t give much thought to becoming the general counsel at PepsiCo, where he has worked for nearly 20 years, until the day after he was asked to fill the position in November. Here, he discusses the changes at the global food and beverage corporation during his tenure and the way discontent can lead to success. Read more »

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